KLANG: Selangor must also hold snap elections in tandem with Penang to iron out the problems plaguing the state government, said Batang Kali assemblyman Datuk Mat Nadzari Ahmad Dahlan.
He said it was obvious that the support for Pakatan Harapan in Selangor was declining.
“What had happened in Sungai Besar (by-election) was a good indicator that Pakatan has to get a fresh mandate to continue administrating the state,’’ he said.
Mat Nadzari, who is coordinator of Selangor Barisan Nasional assemblymen, said that the infighting in Pakatan as well as the expulsion of PAS from the group requires that a snap election be held.
“If Penang can call for one, Selangor which has more problems should follow suit,’’ he added.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali had earlier said that the Selangor state legislative assembly would not be dissolved to pave way for snap elections.
“There are no discussions on this either,’’ Azmin said at a function in Taman Melawati.
In an immediate response, Azmin’s political secretary Mat Shuhaimi Shafiei said Barisan Nasional must also call for snap elections in Kedah and Terengganu as the internal conflict in both states were far more serious.
“Are they prepared to do it?” asked Mat Shuhaimi.
Assoc Prof Dr Sivamurugan Pandian of Universiti Sains Malaysia’s School of Social Sciences said there was no need for snap elections in Selangor, as Azmin still enjoys a majority if PAS were removed from the state administration.
There are currently 14 DAP, 13 PKR, 13 PAS, 12 Umno and two independent representatives in the state assembly.
Dr Sivamurugan said it could not be denied that there were internal conflicts within the parties but it should not be mixed up with the state administration.
“Internal strife and state administrations are not the same and should be kept separated,’’ he added.
The political analyst also said what had happened in Sungai Besar cannot be generalised as a case study to determine the situation in Selangor as it was just a by-election.